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Sunday growler sales could start this weekend in some cities

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Thanks to the passage of a new law, there's a craze slowly catching on in Minnesota – taking your beer "to go" on Sundays.

A number of cities are taking their cue from the state Legislature, which recently approved a measure giving Minnesota's local governments the power to OK Sunday growler sales from local craft breweries.

So who gets to be first? Apparently, Montgomery Brewing in Montgomery.

Growler Mag says the city council gave the OK on May 18, and the brewery will be selling growlers starting at 11 a.m. this Sunday.

Duluth is also among the early adopters. The city council recently gave the green light to Sunday sales, which could get underway as soon as June 14, KSTP reports.

That's just in time for Grandma's Marathon on June 20, which FOX 21 says is no mistake: City Council President Emily Larson told the station they approved local growler sales so they can coincide with the popular running event.

FOX 21 also says local breweries are confident the measure will help them serve their customers better.

In Rochester, Sunday growler sales can begin as soon as this weekend after the City Council gave final approval Monday night, according to ABC 6 News.

Twin Cities to follow suit

It looks like both Minneapolis and St. Paul are hopping on the growler train, too. A Minneapolis City Council committee just approved the new rule, which the Star Tribune says allows not only Sunday growler sales, but also allows distilleries to apply for off-sale liquor licenses.

That basically means customers could also take home sealed containers of liquor as well as beer.

The Star Tribune says the measures will soon go to the full City Council for a vote.

Meanwhile, St. Paul will vote on a similar initiative next week, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports.

The only difference, the paper says, is that the capital city's measures would allow Sunday growler sales and earlier alcohol serving times at restaurants – 8 a.m. instead of 10 am.

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